Archive for January 2013

The redemption of an unlikely hero: A Review of A Cast of Stones

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I’ll be honest—I was scared to read this book but it sounded SO interesting! I know you’re all probably wondering why I was scared but I haven’t had the best of luck reading books by debut authors. This one was a very pleasant surprise! I’m very shocked that this is the first published work by this author. This story is a fantasy story but it reads more like a knight’s tale rather than out and out fantasy. That isn’t saying it is not a fantasy setting but I think that a person who may not enjoy the typical wizards and magic may actually really enjoy this book.

Errol wishes to drown his sorrow in a barrel of ale and often does so until an attempt is made on his life. This is where things got very interesting. There was a fantasy twist but it read more like a medieval tale. As Errol is trying to overcome his fondness of ale—he is thrust into a role of being a “reader” by the church. This is pretty darn confusing to Errol as he doesn’t know how to read a letter, much less how to cast a mystical lot that only he can read! The idea of the lots was an interesting one to me. Some people it seems were born with the ability to carve a round sphere while forming a question and answer in their mind—once cast and drawn the lot would reveal the correct answer to the reader. Something is special about Errol’s ability as a reader but even he is unaware of how valuable he is. This story was one of self-discovery and overcoming odds to be the best person you can be. It provided an unlikely character the hope of becoming a great hero and should serve as a reminder that all heroes are ordinary people that have overcame extraordinary odds. If you’re looking for one fantasy story to read this year I would say this one is it. I gave this book a 4 star rating—really it was closer to 4.5 but alas, good reads recognizes only whole stars. The only reason I went with a 4 star rating is because it took me awhile for me to really get into it. Once I did though I really did enjoy it very much so don’t let my 4 star rating deter you in any way!
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Author Patrick W. Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

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Cast of Stones Blog Interview with Patrick W. Carr!

I had the chance to ask the author of A Cast of Stones a few questions! I hope you enjoy my first author interview as much as I have!




Q1. A Cast of Stones is a fantasy setting. Has fantasy always been an interest of yours and are there any great authors of the genre that have inspired you?

A. When I was a teenager I devoured spy thrillers. I loved reading everything by Fletcher Knebel and Robert Ludlum I could get my hands on. I didn’t’ discover fantasy until I was in college and bought a box set of Stephen R. Donaldson’s “Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.” It made such an impact that I read everything in the genre I could get my hands on. I went through Tokien, Pratt, DeCamp, you name it. They’ve all had an impact on me but I would have to say that in addition to Donaldson and Tolkien, the biggest influences have been David Eddings and Robert Jordan, both of whom, unfortunately have passed on. They were brilliant.




Q2. Your site says that you are a teacher. What made you decide to write a book and have it published?

A.I’ve been a teacher for about six years now. Before that I was a consulting engineer. It was about ten years ago that I stated writing in earnest when I drafted a story using my four kids, all boys, as the protagonists. I let a few people read it and a couple suggested I take a shot at getting it published. That effort, or the two following, never made it to the bookshelves, but my fourth attempt did. That’s “A Cast of Stones.”




Q3. As a person that dabbles with writing down her dreams, I've always wanted to ask this question. How does your story come to you? Do you dream about your story or do you generally tend to daydream and then turn those thoughts into stories?

I’m definitely a huge daydreamer. I use to get called out in middle school a lot for not paying attention. Sometimes those daydreams become story ideas and sometimes they don’t. If I’m in the middle of a project, I try to channel my daydreams into my work-in-progress. It’s a great way to come up with plot twists.




Q4. Do you listen to music as you write or have any quirky habits that puts you into an inspirational mood?

If I’m working in creative mode, which usually means I’m laboring over the first draft, I like to listen to instrumental music, usually something like soft jazz. I also like to have a hot drink handy, tea or coffee works well. The people at several Starbuck’s around Nashville know me by sight.




Q5. As a busy family man and teacher, how do you find the time to write?

I try to make use of what would be downtime for most people. My sons do a lot of extracurricular activities like youth group, band, or orchestra. If I’m doing the driving, I park at the closest coffee shop and get in a few words until they finish up and then take we go home. I also try to be diligent at getting in some writing time every day. Producing a novel is kind of like eating an elephant.




Q6. If there is one thing you would like your readers to know about your story what would it be?

That it’s not what it appears on the surface. I hid things within the characters and the structure to say something. It won’t be apparent until they’ve read the series, but there’s some fun stuff in there. I tried to write a story that would be fun to read more than once.




Q7. Along the lines of the question above. Do you have a favorite character in your story and is there anything about them that you would like to share? Maybe a secret quirk or pattern of speech that you imagine as you write about them?

I used the likeness of my oldest son as Errol, but after that they’re nothing alike. What I did do that was a lot of fun was some research on what to name the main character. I finally settled on Errol. His name describes well what happens to him. I did that with a few of the characters.




Q8. I see this is the first in a series. When can we expect the next book? Anything you can tell us about the plot or characters?

The publishing schedule for “The Hero’s Lot” is to release in July of this year. For the final book, which still doesn’t have an official name, we’re looking at Feb. of 2014. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will tell you that before everything is done, Errol will know the truth of his parentage. It’s not what most people expect.


I would like to take this time to thank the author for answering my questions and I truly hope that you all decide to pick up this book and keep your eye out for my review of A Cast of Stones coming later today!!! Also be sure to drop by and check out how you can win a $10 Amazon giftcard!

Author Patrick W. Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.


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A Cast of Stones



An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love



In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.







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Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.







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Claritan D spells relief! A bzzagent report for Claritan D 12 hour release tablets

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I was excited to be chosen for this campaign. My mother lives with us and she has intense sinus headaches. She has always used the Claritan brand but had never tried Claritan D. I held off writing this review until a sinus headache and cold set in for her. She was very pleased with how fast this product worked and felt much better by the next day so we will definitely be purchasing Claritan D for her again in the future!!!

The difference between Claritan and Claritan D (from my mom's perspective) is that Claritan is more for allergies and Claritan D is for both allergies and congestion. I know that may seem self explanatory so I do not mean to insult anyone's intelligence but I thought I may point it out if you're trying to figure out which Claritan product to purchase.

You can get these tablets in 12 hour and a 24 hour formula. ClaritanD can be purchased at your local pharmacy or retail store. If your local retail store is anything like mine you may have to ask at the pharmacy and sign a release form to purchase this medication!

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In need of an editor's mark: A Review of Mark of the Princess

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mark of the Princess (The Kingdom Chronicles, #1)Mark of the Princess by B.C. Morin

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

They say you can’t judge a book by the cover. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that I have learned with this book. The cover really is gorgeous and intriguing.

When I had the chance to read this book I wasn’t sure what to think.

Had I realized that it was self-published, it would have probably been a deal breaker from the start as I’ve found the quality of self-published books to be lacking. That was certainly the case with this book.

To be honest, I am very shocked and surprised at the 4-5 star ratings for this book. A one star review is very generous but unfortunately that is the lowest rating that is allowed. The grammar is atrocious. Sentence structure is terrible and it only gets worse from there. If you’re reading this review, you can probably tell that grammar is not my strong suit. So, if I’m saying it is bad? It is very bad. There were misspelled words such as “new” instead of “knew” or “past” rather than “passed” and even words that are incorrect such as “thrusted”. A person may have thrust their sword into someone. They didn’t “thrusted” it.

The most epic mistake however had to be this one, “A stocky troll spoke stood at the doorway looking at the floor.” I had to have read that four times or more before I realized that the stocky troll said something rather than imagining a troll-sized bicycle spoke as it leaned against a doorway. I don’t know though—sword belt and holsters were pretty funny as well.

It was if the author had never read a fantasy novel to know about sheaths, scabbards or baldrics. This book could have definitely used an editor. Really, anyone with a high school education could have been employed to clean it up a bit. Needless to say, though the story ended in a cliffhanger—I will not waste my time decimating my brain cells any further with this series. My grammar is bad enough without reinforcing it.
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This story idea could have actually been very interesting. It follows Allanah, a fae princess as she tries to unlock the secret of her "Mark". In this story all of the fairies are born with a mark that tells what their predetermined powers are. All fairies may master new traits and expand on their own. The most decorated fairies are those that have trained hard to further their skills and traits. I thought that concept was interesting and would have liked to have read a well written version of this idea.

As per most fantasy stories—there is a bad guy who is set on the destruction of all the other fairies. Maligo captures Allanah in an attempt to wield her power but fails at his goal when she is rescued by a warrior fairy named Brennus.

In terms of an actual story line, there is a princess, a sister with a possibly sinister past and an intriguing love triangle. The idea was a cool one but it was poorly executed. Perhaps if this author had a professional editor go through it and rewrite the entire story it could be salvaged. I wish I could really delve more into this storyline for you all but I feel it is a waste of my time. The story had far too many shortcomings for me to ever suggest this book to anyone so a thought out story description seems in vain. Live and learn! Always thoroughly check out a book before agreeing to read it!



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B.C. Morin was born in Miami Florida and has been writing since middle school. Starting with poetry she moved on to short stories and began her first novel by the time she graduated high school. It was actually in her late twenties that she developed a stronger love for reading and writing which eventually unfolded into her debut novel Mark of the Princess. B.C. is currently hard at work on the rest of The Kingdom Chronicles trilogy and a new Paranormal Romance named The Abiding.

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Secretly Smitten Review&An Evening of Giggle, Gab & Prizes

Friday, January 18, 2013

Secretly SmittenSecretly Smitten by Colleen Coble

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book was a bit outside of my normal genre that I usually pick up but the cover is so interesting that I chose to give it a chance. Secretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas written by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. I was not familiar with any of these authors and honestly, I had no idea that this was considered book two. That doesn’t seem to matter. I was able to read and follow the story without any trouble. I thought this book was okay. It didn’t really jump off the page at me and pull me in but it wasn’t awful. I think it was just outside of a genre I really enjoy. It was romance—JUST romance. No other theme. With it being Christian fiction I was actually a little let down that there wasn’t more of a Christian theme. I never really saw the characters praying or the life lessons that I enjoy from Christian fiction. Overall though—not bad. I’m not sure I would read another part but it wasn’t terrible. It simply wasn’t my style, I think.

Love Between the Lines was the first story in this collection. It was written by Colleen Coble and follows the story of Tess Thomas as she tries to solve a mystery involving her Grandmother’s first love who was supposed to have died during war time sixty years ago. Her questions lead her to the attic of a young widower named Ryan. As time is spent with Ryan and his young daughter, Tess begins to open herself up to the possibility of love.

Then we move on to Make Me a Match by Kristin Billerbeck. The second story in this novella collection follows Zoe Thomas as she opens a matchmaking service for the Smitten community. She is determined to find love for everyone else while she is happy being single. That is—until William Singer makes his appearance in town. Zoe may find out that she is in need of love as well!

Story number three is called Knit One. Love Two by Diann Hunt. In this story we meet Anna, the mother of the Thomas girls. Anna’s husband up and left her for another woman and has nothing at all to do with his daughters. Of course, Anna’s heart is still mending and she is not looking for love when she meets Michael Conners. With her faith and trust shaken—Anna must learn to open her heart if she wishes to find love again.

Concluding this book is Love Blooms by Denise Hunter. I thought Clare Thomas’ story was the most interesting. Her prospective love interest was by far the most interesting and appealing sounding. He had a back story and a bit of angst that appeals to me in a character. I also felt that the spiritual overtone was most prevalent in this last story and I actually enjoy that. Said prospect, Ethan is rugged and interesting. I actually looked forward to the conclusion of their story. We also have the added bonus of an additional side romance. Although, I will say that I find it rather a stretch to believe that six women from the same family would all find love so close together.

Again, I don’t think this was a bad book or that someone else wouldn’t enjoy it. I think it just didn’t click with me the way that I had hoped. I think if you’re into romance and you would like a light happy-go-lucky story with very little drama or anguish then this is the type of book for you!
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RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

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Change starts with you: A Review of Fireflies in December

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fireflies in DecemberFireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I wasn’t sure what I would think about this book. Seeing as it was set in the 30’s in the Deep South—I was honestly worried about the southern speech. Though I have lived in the South my entire life—I cannot stand to see books with a lot of stereotypical southern speech. This book did have a lot of southern slang and speech patterns but it was more in a speaking style rather than misspelling words to point out the southern accent. Therefore, I actually did enjoy reading this book. In this story we are taken back to a time of deep prejudice—a time when the Klan was in full power. I didn’t particularly enjoy some of the racial slurs used in the story because those slurs hurt me so deeply to read. I know it was necessary for the type of story but it still hurt me to feel such hatred based solely on skin color. This was a reality and I think books like this are important to remind us of the dark places we have been to in our history.

Jessilyn is a young girl that has just turned thirteen. Jessi and her parents have hired help that they treat more like family and when tragedy strikes—the Lassiter family is determined to do the right thing by offering a home to young Gemma. This strikes fury in the hearts of the local Klan members who start to harass young Jessi and her family. From burning crosses in their yard to killing their pets and making very serious threats—this family is in turmoil but refuses to back down to the racism that is prevalent in their home town. When young Jessilyn laments that she has no idea what God expects her to do, her father catches a firefly and teaches her a beautiful lesson from which the title of the book is taken.
"That light is bright enough to light up a little speck of the night sky so a man can see it a ways away. That’s what God expects us to do. We’re to be lights in the dark, cold days that are this world. Like fireflies in December.”

This is part one in a three-part story so while the story is concluded somewhat—we do not see the full set of trials that Jessi and her parents face while providing a home to a young “colored” girl. What we do see though is a final showing of love from both the white and black community as they pull together to support a man and his family that are determined to stand for what is right in a time when it could have cost him his life.

Fireflies in December is a powerful story of acceptance and love that is told from the eyes of a thirteen year old girl who is coming to age in this very trying situation. I do wish that I could have seen more of the bond between Gemma and Jessi but that is a sacrifice you pay when you’re reading in first person. Otherwise I thought that while this book had some racial slurs (again, to show the situation of the day) and some violent themes—it was beautifully written and could be used as a way to talk to your young teen about racism and the hurt that it causes.
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Jennifer Erin Valent is the 2007 winner of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest and 2010 Christy Award winner for Fireflies in December. She lives in central Virginia, where she has worked as a nanny for over fifteen years. A lifelong resident of the South, her surroundings help to color the scenes and characters she writes.
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Sparks will fly!: A Review of Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Courting CateCourting Cate by Leslie Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited to pick up Courting Cate by Leslie Gould as I won a copy in an author party hosted by Litfuse. There is just something about reading a book that you have won that makes you want to dive right in and start reading. I think the very interesting thing about this book is that it is an Amish themed retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Needless to say, it was an interesting take and I really enjoyed the book! I think if you enjoy Shakespeare as well as Amish fiction—I think you will enjoy this rendition! Oh, and I know you can't judge a book by the cover but I think the cover model is absolutely stunning!

Cate Miller can be very hard to get along with. She has a fiery temper that pushes away anyone that attempts to get close to her. Truth is, Cate had her heart broken and she is determined to never let love get in her way again. That is—until her father declares that her younger sister is not allowed to marry unless Cate marries first. Cate would do anything for her little sister and decides to give an Amish drifter named Pete a chance.

Pete is intriguing. That much is true. But, is his interest in Cate sincere or does he have some ulterior motive? Just as Cate believes that she could finally love someone—her faith in him is shattered and her heart is broken again. Yet, when circumstances find her in the acquaintance of a bitterly hateful old lady—Cate begins to take a good look at her own bitterness. Does she really want to be a shrew?

I thought this story was really sweet and quirky for an Amish tale. Something about the author’s writing is unique and I honestly cannot wait until her next book is released. I think I have read it will be an Amish rendition of Romeo and Juliet. That should be very interesting! If you’re looking for quirky Amish books that are a little outside the norm—pick up Courting Cate and then hop over to the author’s website to learn more!
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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller, a 2012 Christy Award winner, The Amish Nanny, and The Amish Bride. She is also the author of numerous other novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006), and Scrap Everything. She holds and MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her husband and four children live in Portland, Oregon.

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Sometimes Love Shows Up When You Least Expect It-A Review of The Lesson

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The LessonThe Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hrmm, what can I say about this book? I’m trying really hard to reflect on this book without taking book two into account as well but it is really hard as it is a three part series. I am so discontented with the cliffhanger in The Haven and the fact that we skip years ahead in The Lesson and see an outcome (in passing really) but no hints to how things came to be. As a matter of fact—this book is about an entirely different sister so of course everything truly is in passing. I have so many unanswered questions about Sadie and Will. Joe-Joe is mentioned in passing but it feels as if he is a disconnected part of the family which was very disappointing to me as well. I don’t know—I just feel cheated I guess. I wanted to know how everything happened and I don’t feel like that happened. It feels disjointed and I hate even admitting it because I really adore this author. I just—I’m having a hard time figuring out what to say. If I could read The Keeper and The Lesson and forget that I really got pulled into the story of The Haven—I wouldn’t feel this way I think. It is definitely a very good book but I would have enjoyed it better if the book leading up to it had been concluded.


M.K. has grown up but in many ways she’s still an unsettled little girl. At nineteen she has yet to commit to baptism into the church and her family is worried that she may leave the faith. When M.K. bumps into the hypochondriac school teacher with her scooter—Alice is convinced that she is injured and needs time away. The Bishops decide that M.K. is the only one for the job—much to her disdain. M.K. would much rather spend her time figuring out the mysteries of life and newcomer to the community, Chris Yoder is a mystery that M.K. is determined to crack!

I really did enjoy M.K.’s story but for the reasons outlined above I simply cannot give a five-star rating. Rather, I have chosen four stars. The last part of the book was the redemption of this story as I was almost certain that I was going to give this book a three-star rating. So, my suggestion is—if you pick up this series, either skip the second book or be prepared to put aside your feelings and enjoy the third book for the story in which it is meant to be enjoyed for rather than carrying emotional baggage from the second book over into this one.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iphone or ipad! Download the Free App!

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